By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERVIEW – Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Blanchette was honored for 25 years of service to the City Council by Mayor Andrew Swift at the Dec. 5 council meeting.
Blanchette, who first registered to vote in 1969, was first elected to the City Council Nov. 11, 1991, and became mayor pro tem — assuming the mayor’s duties in his absence — Nov. 4, 2015. The role of mayor pro tem is traditionally awarded to the council member with the most votes in the general election.
Swift said it has been a pleasure to serve with Blanchette for the past 11 years on the council.
“I find her easy to work with, and deep down, I think she does have the best of the city in her heart, and proudly works to make sure that happens,” Swift said. “Ms. Blanchette has worked faithfully and honorably discharging her duties of the office, and always in the best interests of the citizens.”
He said she strives to keep informed with what concerns residents, and she works with government officials to procure services that enhance community life.
“It is because of actions like Lynn’s that Riverview is the city we are,” Swift said. “Her dedication and contributions have assisted in the growth of the city of Riverview, and I am sure you are going to be around for a lot more to continue our growth and do what is best for the city.”
Blanchette thanked her parents, husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law, who were all in attendance, saying she felt honored.
She said the past 25 years have been wonderful, adding that she owes her success to her husband and daughter who were there to listen.
“They put up with my crying and complaining,” she said.
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